Tankersley back in Clemson fold

  • Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:01 a.m.

For the second time, former Silver Bluff quarterback Cordrea Tankersley has signed with Clemson University to join the Tigers as a defensive back.

This time, his signing comes after spending a semester at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

While there, Tankersley had several notable performances for the prep school Tigers, including a 60-yard interception return for touchdown in the team’s season opener against Southern Tech and three tackles against the option attack of Navy’s junior varsity team.

When asked earlier in the offseason about the acheivement of moving on to play at Clemson, Silver Bluff head coach Al Lown was impressed.

“That was a pretty good bit,” Lown said of the accomplishment. “I know he went up there and worked real hard. ... That’s good for him.”

At Clemson, Tankersley – listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds – will join Hargrave teammate Shaq Lawson, another player who racked up big numbers at prep school.

Lown said even opposing coaches were impressed with the former Bulldog’s prowess at Hargrave.

“I know I talked to the coach at Georgia Military College, and he played them,” Lown said. “He said (Tankersley’s) going to be the real deal.”

Lown didn’t let another coach be the only one to heap praise on the former Silver Bluff standout.

“I think that he’s got a bright future up there,” Lown said of Tankersley’s potential in the Upstate.

Lown also said one of his players from this season’s Bulldog squad will continue to play football in college. On Tuesday, Ladarise Williams will sign to play for Limestone College.

Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.

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